We've had the chance to learn not only about some amazing riders over the past year and a half but amazing people as well.
the realm of BMX, many of these riders have had interesting jobs or
random hobbies that we've discovered during the interview process.
But our next guest takes the cake in terms of an intriguing career.
Thomason is a 5 time X Games competitor in BMX flatland, sponsored by
Hoffman Bikes, and currently works for the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, also known as NASA.
In fact, Art lives in
Houston TX where he's worked for NASA for the past 15 years. He's helped
train over 50 astronauts for various missions performed at the
International Space Station. At age 44 Art is still currently competing
in a variety of BMX flatland contests, spending plenty of time pushing
the boundaries of his own riding, while maintaining his career at
Johnson Space Center, also known as Mission Control.
We hit up Art
to get the lowdown on his favorite contest moment, riding for Hoffman
Bikes for the past 17 years, the first time he met Mat Hoffman, how he
applied to work at NASA, his official job title and what he does there,
working at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab which is a massive swimming pool
with a replica of the space station located inside it, what type of
reactions he's received from co-workers that know he rides BMX, his
connection to the International Space Station, his average day at work,
his favorite NASA project he's worked on, and what skills he's learned
on the job.
Chip and I have always had a deep interest in space
related topics and it's not every day you get to speak to someone that
works at NASA. So we made sure to take full advantage of it.
get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and get to know one of the most
down to earth people with an out of this world job... Art Thomason!